The Electoral Commission has clarified that they haven’t received money to purchase a new permanent home planned.
The EC is reacting to social media story which alleged that plans to purchase a new home by EC were hindered by infighting between Commissioners and senior members of management.
“The Electoral Commission has noted with concern a story on a news website alleging that the process of acquisition of a new office premises has been delayed due to fights between members of the commission and management. This is factually wrong and should be treated with the contempt it deserves” The EC said in a press statement.
The EC said “It Wishes to clarify that the Ministry of Finance has indicated that they will provide funds in the forthcoming budget for financial year 2021/2022 towards the purchase of a property to house the Electoral Commission on a permanent basis. Please note that the reading of the budget is scheduled for mid-June 2021. The said funds as expected to be appropriated by parliament will be availed by the ministry in the first quarter of the financial year 2021/2022”
EC is supposed to vacate the current headquarters by end of June this year to pave way for the construction of the flyover linking Jinja road to Entebbe road at the former clock tower. Uganda National Roads Authority tasked EC to give way and as such, EC is in the process of getting a new home.
“The said story is a gross misrepresentation of the progress of the process for relocation of the Electoral Commission headquarters and its contents are not only speculative, but are maliciously designed to tarnish the name of the institution and the reputation of its officials” reads the statement signed by Leonard Mulekwah, acting Secretary Electoral Commission.